Why Marion?

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Klopfenstein Amphitheater crowd

All-Star Community

We’re a back-to-back All-Star Community. Marion is one of only three Iowa communities recognized by the Iowa League of Cities in both 2017 and 2018. The designation honors innovative efforts in urban renewal, collaboration or quality of life improvements.

Unique Sense of Community

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Marion is intentional about maintaining its unique sense of community. A variety of festivals and cultural events bring families, friends and neighbors together. The Marion Arts Festival - held each spring - is ranked as one of the nation’s best.

Healthy Living

The City of Marion maintains 600 beautiful acres of public green space, with plenty of manicured parks, trails and athletic complexes to make it easy to get out and get active. Healthy living is in our DNA. 

Historic Uptown Marion

Savvy freethinkers escape the generic by spending their time and dollars in Uptown Marion. This Main Street Iowa District is home to small businesses that offer unique services, gifts, food, drinks and entertainment.

Best Place to Grow Your Business

No more than a 10-minute drive from some of Iowa’s best schools, medical facilities, industrial parks, and beautiful neighborhoods. Marion is the best place in Iowa to raise a family and grow a business.

Rich in Arts and Culture

Marion is creating a legacy for the future founded in high-quality, relevant and engaging public spaces. Look no further than the Uptown Artway, featuring nine permanent public art installations in a revitalized alley, or the Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park, a functional work of art itself. The City and it's community partners host dozens of free concerts and events each year. 



If you're new to the area, this Community Information Guide is designed to be a go-to guide for City services, contacts, utility providers and community resources. 

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